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Texan Hits $6 Million Slot Jackpot

6 January 2006

BOSSIER CITY, Louisiana – (PRESS RELEASE) -- While on a visit to his favorite gaming destination in the area, the Horseshoe Casino, a 54-year-old Bedford, TX man hit one of the largest slot jackpots in state history, nearly $6.1 million, while playing a popular $1 Wheel of Fortune(R) machine late Thursday evening.

Randy Ray Bell, a maintenance supervisor, said he had wagered only $61 before hitting the huge MegaJackpots(R) statewide progressive grand prize -- the first this year.

"I'm in total shock!" he admitted after IGT technicians and Louisiana State police verified the win early this morning.

Bell said he chose to play the Wheel of Fortune(R) machine because he has had luck playing the system in the past.

"These machines have always treated me well, and just before I hit this jackpot I was thinking that it was time to win the big one," he said with excitement. "I never play anywhere else but the Horseshoe, and it certainly paid off tonight."

As for his future plans, Bell said he is going to retire, take care of his family, and take his dream trip to Alaska, a place he's always wanted to visit.

"I'll never have to worry about my retirement years again," Bell said.

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